Discussion Group

Academic year 2022-23.

Current Organisers: Uta Papen u.papen@lancaster.ac.uk, Karin Tusting k.tusting@lancaster.ac.uk

Hello and welcome back to the Literacy Research Centre Discussion Group. Please see below for the timetable for upcoming talks. updates will be circulated via the LRDG mailing list.

18th November 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm


Cheryl McLean, Rutgers university, New Jersey Screens, Texts, and Children: Literacy Through a Caribbean Lens 

What does it mean to be a modern reader? In this presentation, I consider intersecting issues around how reading and meaning-making processes look and shift across local and global spaces and contexts. Drawing on qualitative data, I trace the nuanced ways in which Anglophone Caribbean children use digital and multimodal texts to navigate their academic, social, and cultural identities.

9th December, hybrid session – online and in person Katy Highet, University of the West of Scotland English speakerhood, personality development and social mobility in India
It is often taken for granted in India that English is a key tool for social mobility. More recently, however, private language schools and coaching centres are recognising the limits of language skills and are widening their scope to provide students with what is often termed ‘personality development’. In this presentation, I will demonstrate how young, marginalised adults in an English and employability training programme in Delhi orient themselves towards English speakerhood, an exercise that requires work not only on one’s language but also one’s ‘personality’. Situating this turn to ‘personality development’ within recent shifts in India’s political economy, I ask what this tells us about competing theories of social mobility and social change.
20th January, 1-2 pm Lucy Taylor, University of Leeds Children reading and writing: This talk will explore the links between the texts children read and those they write, with a particular focus on multimodal writing. Some children’s writing will be used as examples and linguistic theories about narration and world-building will be discussed as ways to frame understandings of reading-writing relationships.
February (date tbc) Lucy Henning, Open University

Previous year’s discussion group schedules